ClipBook (ClipSrv) Service Defaults in Windows XP

Enables ClipBook Viewer to store information and share it with remote computers. If the service is stopped, ClipBook Viewer will not be able to share information with remote computers. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type:
Windows XP HomeManual
Windows XP ProfessionalManual
Windows XP Home SP1Manual
Windows XP Professional SP1Manual
Windows XP Home SP2Disabled
Windows XP Professional SP2Disabled
Windows XP Home SP3Disabled
Windows XP Professional SP3Disabled
Display name:ClipBook
Service name:ClipSrv
Service type:own
Error control:normal
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\ClipSrv

Default Behavior

ClipBook is a Win32 service. It won't start until the current user starts it in all editions of Windows XP SP0, Windows XP SP1. This service is disabled and isn't loading or starting in all editions of Windows XP SP2, Windows XP SP3.

When the ClipBook service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in its own process of clipsrv.exe. If the ClipBook fails to start, the technical information about the error is added to the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box should be displayed informing the user that the ClipSrv service has failed to start.


ClipBook depends on the Network DDE service.

Restore Default Startup Configuration of ClipBook

Before you begin doing this, make sure that all the services on which ClipBook depends are configured by default and function properly. See the list of dependencies above.

1. Run the Command Prompt.

2. Depending on the version of your operating system, copy the commands below, paste them into the command window and press ENTER.

For Windows XP SP0 Home, Windows XP SP0 Professional, Windows XP SP1 Home, Windows XP SP1 Professional:
sc config ClipSrv start= demand

For Windows XP SP2 Home, Windows XP SP2 Professional, Windows XP SP3 Home, Windows XP SP3 Professional:
sc stop ClipSrv
sc config ClipSrv start= disabled

3. Close the command window and restart the computer.

The ClipSrv service is using the clipsrv.exe file that is located in the C:\Windows\system32 directory. If the file is removed or corrupted, read this article to restore its original version from Windows XP installation media.